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New Head Honcho: Part 5

With Andy Reid likely less than two weeks away from being fired, it’s time to look ahead to some future candidates for the Eagles’ head coaching job. So far Pete Carmichael Jr., Jay Gruden, Rick Dennison, and Vic Fangio have gone under the microscope. This week we keep the search in the NFC with another aggressive coordinator.

Ray Horton – Defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals Training Camp

On offense the Cards are a despicable bunch. Their is attack is the worst in the league this year (4th worst last season) and has managed to limit future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald to 674 yards and 4 TDs on the season. It’s miserable in the desert, which certainly helps boost the already impressive resume of Horton.

After a ten year career as a defensive back, Ray Horton entered the coaching ranks in 1994 as a defensive assistant and then defensive backs coach for the Washington Redskins.  He also coached defensive backs in Cincinnati and Detroit before moving on to coach a familiar enemy: the Pittsburgh Steelers. Under the guidance of Dick LeBeau, Horton helped to construct an annual defensive juggernaut.

For example, developed players such as Ike Taylor and 2010 Defensive Player of the Year Troy Polamalu.  After that 2010 season, Arizona swooped in and handed Horton the job as defensive coordinator.

Let’s take a look at the numbers from his two campaigns so far:

Year Pts/G Yds/G 3rd Pct Opp Comp. % FF Sacks Safeties Int
2012.0 21.6 335.8 34.0 54.5 14.0 36.0 1.0 22.0
2011.0 21.8 355.1 31.0 58.8 18.0 42.0 3.0 23.0
Average 21.7 345.5 32.5 56.7 16.0 39.0 2.0 22.5

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